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LDS Church responds to Idaho candidate's 'elders only' meetings

Published: Saturday, Dec. 26 2009 12:18 p.m. MST

REXBURG, Idaho — The LDS Church has issued a statement

regarding the church's stance on Idaho gubernatorial candidate Rex Rammell's "elders

only" meetings.

Kim Farah, spokeswomen for the LDS church, issued this

statement:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is

politically neutral and does not endorse or promote any candidate, party or

platform. Accordingly, we hope that the campaign practices of political

candidates would not suggest that their candidacy is supported by or connected

to the church.

"The so-called 'White Horse Prophecy' is based on

accounts that have not been substantiated by historical research and is not

embraced as Church doctrine."

The White Horse Prophecy was allegedly given by LDS church founder

Joseph Smith. According to accounts, Smith states that "the U.S.

Constitution will hang by a thread" and that the elders of the LDS church

will step up and save it.

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